Build Healthy Places Network (the Network) is thrilled to announce new funding from The Kresge Foundation and JPMorgan Chase in support of its mission: to shift the way organizations work across the community development, health, and finance sectors to collectively advance equity, reduce poverty, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States.
The Kresge Foundation is providing a two-year grant that deepens the Network’s community-level work nationally, supporting capacity building, resource development, and peer connections for those working locally to build cross-sector efforts. “We are delighted to support the Network as it grows its work to advance equity and improve health in historically marginalized communities by reaching more locally-based community development organizations,” said Katie W. Byerly, Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation.
As part of the funding, the Network will develop and share new tools with the field as well as stories of what works. “The Network is excited to partner with the Kresge Foundation at this critical juncture in the growth of the field – this place-based work is necessary and a logical next step for the Network as we work toward our vision: communities where all people can live rewarding and healthy lives,” said Colby Dailey, the Network’s Managing Director and Principal Investigator for the grant.
In addition, the Network joins the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and National Community Renaissance (National CORE), together receiving a PRO Neighborhoods planning grant from JPMorgan Chase for work in the City of San Bernardino, CA. “We selected National CORE, Build Healthy Places Network and Nonprofit Finance Fund for this funding because of their data-driven approach to the work they are doing in San Bernardino, their strong resident engagement and their commitment to build local capacity in order to sustain longevity and drive inclusive growth. It is very impressive,” said Sarah Bowles, Regional Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase.
The three organizations will collaborate to connect other CDFIs, healthcare systems, local government, and community based organizations for the purpose of increasing investments in housing, community facilities, and small businesses in the City of San Bernardino’s low-income neighborhoods. “This effort will address some of the biggest barriers to opportunity, high crime rates, homelessness, and lack of good-paying jobs. Namely through affordable housing, job creation, and economic development,” said Steve PonTell, CEO/President of National CORE.
As with all of its work, the Network will draw from the field-developed Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities as a foundation for these projects. Read more at www.build.health.